British Reality Star Jade Goody Dies

Although some have criticized Goody for selling her life and cheapening her illness, Goody defended her decision, saying she was only doing it to secure the future of her two sons, Bobby Jack, 5, and Freddie, 4. The children are the product of her relationship with former reality TV star Jeff Brazier.

Goody often talked about her unhappy childhood in a poor south London neighborhood. Her father was a heroin addict who served jail time for robbery and died in 2005, her mother a former crack addict who lost the use of an arm in a motorcycle accident. She worked as a dental assistant before becoming a reality TV star.

Cervical Cancer Screenings on the Rise

Prior to her wedding and her death, Goody's publicist brushed off the critics who question Goody's motives, saying, "There will always be people who criticize. Fortunately, the majority have been supportive and understanding. They understand that she needs to pay for her boys' education."

"Just last night," Clifford told ABC News in February, "Jade told me, 'Reality TV has been wonderful to me. .. .It comes naturally to me, and it gives me something to do.'"

One unexpected benefit of Goody's publicizing her illness has been a 21 percent leap in young women getting cervical cancer screenings in the U.K., according to Clifford. The figures have been backed by cervical cancer specialists.

"We have definitely seen an increase in uptake due to Jade Goody," Robert Music, director of the cervical cancer organization Jo's Trust told The Guardian newspaper. "I think that in this celebrity age, many people relate to Goody. It is almost as if she has become a part of their lives, a family member."

After seven years appearing on one reality show after another, Goody, described by her own publicist as "a living 'Truman Show'," seemed to finally tire of living in the public eye.

Clifford said that Goody's priorities towards the end of her life were firmly focused on her sons, who will now be in their father's custody.

In a self-penned column in the U.K.'s New! magazine, Goody wrote, "Jeff will have full custody and my mum and Jack will have access as and when they want."

She added, "Everything I have, my house and my money, is going to my sons. And just in case you were wondering, Jack won't be getting any money out of me or from the wedding. He wants everything to go to the boys."

Clifford told the U.K. TV channel GMTV that her older son, Bobby Jack, paid tribute to his mother at the wedding, describing her as "the best mum in the world."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

-- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282. -- This embed didnt make it to copy for story id = 7144282.
Page
  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...